Plan to cut traffic fumes on agenda

Traffic at the Broughton roundabout
Traffic at the Broughton roundabout

An action plan to improve the air quality caused by traffic congestion in the Broughton area is set to be approved.

Preston City Council has been told it must do more to reduce dangerously-high levels of exhaust emissions, which have been linked to heart disease and breathing problems.

The ruling Cabinet is to consider its Air Quality Action Plan – part of which focuses on the area around Broughton traffic lights, which is identified as a problem area.

In 2012 the Council declared the Broughton area an Air Quality Management Area for nitrogen dioxide.

The plan focuses on key measures which will help traffic flow and reduce pollution around the area.

These include: Improvements to the M6/M55 junction and Broughton roundabout; the planned Broughton bypass; the proposed Cottam railway station; and a new proposed public transport corridor to the city centre.

A report said: “In relation to the financial implications, the majority of the actions are contained within the Central Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan produced by Lancashire County Council.

“The most important actions are those associated with the construction of the Broughton Bypass and funding has already been obtained following the successful City Deal bid.”

Once the council has approved the plan and it has been adopted, there will be regular monitoring with annual progress reports being made to DEFRA .